Yami Albrecht was 8 years old when he left Ethiopia. After living in an orphanage for 10 months, he was adopted by a family in Michigan, and he moved to his new “home” more than 7,000 miles.
By Hugh Bernreuter (MLive.com) |
CARO, Mich.―Everything Yami Albrecht does has a plural.
He has won two state titles. He has two families. He has narrowed his college choices to two schools. He’s a cross country runner with two countries.
And he loves all of his plurals.
The Caro High School senior aims for his third consecutive Division 3 cross country state title Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. The Division 3 boys meet begins at 10:10 a.m.
Scent of Ethiopia remains a strong memory
Yami Albrecht is a normal 18-year-old high school senior who loves pizza and enjoys, but knows he shouldn’t, donuts. When the Yami Albrecht Movie comes out, he wants Chadwick Boseman to play him.
But Yami isn’t from Wakanda, he’s from Caro, Michigan. And he’s also from Ethiopia, which is where he spent part of his summer break, reconnecting with a family, a lifestyle and a home that he had not experienced in more than 10 years.
As soon as he stepped off the airplane and breathed the air, his first home filled his lungs.
“I could smell Ethiopia,” Yami said. “It wasn’t a bad smell or anything like that … just different. Smells bring back memories. I knew where I was … I remembered where I was … just by the smell. Even after all the time away, I remembered the smell.”
Yami Albrecht orphaned, adopted by Caro family
Yami Albrecht was 8 years old the last time he smelled Ethiopia. After living in an orphanage for 10 months, he was adopted by Caro resident Connie Albrecht, and he moved to his new “home” more than 7,000 miles and 19 hours away by air.
Yami Albrecht doesn’t belong in their company, but he does rank among the elite runners in the state. He has won the Division 3 state title the past two for the Caro Tigers, who finished second in the Division 3 team standings in 2017.
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